How do Students Value Themselves? A Study on Needs and Expectations of Low Achievers

By Zahara Aziz, Amla Salleh and Tarzimah Tambychik.

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It is reported that about 25% of low achievers are school drop-outs who repetitively have behavior and social problems which contributed to their difficulties adapting as independent adults. The purpose of this study is to look into the problems, needs and expectations of low achievers so as to assist in the understanding of psychosocial and intellectual issues faced by them in schools. The case study was done in one of the secondary schools in Seremban, Malaysia. Demography of the low achievers was analyzed from the school’s records. Research was done in a qualitative manner with three students as samples. A semi-structured in-depth interview was carried out to understand the research focus. Video camera, checklists and rating scales were used to determine the reliability and validity of the data. Nvivo was used to identify themes related to research questions. From the research findings, it is understood that the students wanted to be appreciated for who they are and their capabilities. Friends and the school’s environment play a major role for them to help them be useful individuals. Thus, it is important to understand the underlying causes of these students’ difficulties in schools before guidelines, rules and actions are developed for schools to be effective.

Keywords: Low Achievers, Independent Adults, Psychosocial, Needs, Expectations

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 9, Issue 9, pp.11-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.214MB).

Dr. Zahara Aziz

Associate Professor, Foundation of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia

Zahara Aziz is an associate professor in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Prof. Amla Salleh

Professor, Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Amla Salleh is a professor at Faculty of education. Her specialization is in counselor education and training and her interest includes student development and learning.

Madam Tarzimah Tambychik

Education Officer, Curriculum, Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia

Madam Tarzimah is currently a Ph.d student at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Her area of interest is in low achievers in secondary school mathematics. She has 14 years of teaching experience and has been actively involved in action research in schools.


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